2011 New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2011 already? 2010 was such a quick year! I hope that everyone had a great night welcoming in the new year and that you are hard at work coming up with your New Year’s Resolution!

A great way to ensure that you stick to your resolutions is to write them down in detail so that you have an idea of what exactly you need to do to reach your goals successfully. While planning to lose weight or exercise more can be great resolutions, I encourage you to think outside the box and come up with detailed unique goals for yourself this year!

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Here are a few things I wish to accomplish in 2011:

1. Get Organized – My apartment is filled with stacks of random papers, drawers of shopping receipts, bags filled with books, piles of miscellaneous items that need to be sorted, and closets with clothes covering the floors. By the end of the year I hope to have all of the rooms in my apartment cleanly organized so that I can easily find what I am looking for in a moments notice. This is going to take a lot of time and effort, but the results will be well worth it!

2. Save Money – Upon graduation in May (when I will finally be a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Nutrition Science! Smile) I want to be fully prepared to begin paying off my student loans, move to a new apartment, and possibly add a furry friend to the family – since I moved to Chicago 6 years ago I have been dying to have a dog around and hope that 2011 will bring just that!

3. Complete a Triathlon – Ever since completing my first half marathon in August, I have been dying to train for a triathlon. Will wants me to complete an Ironman 70.3 (otherwise known as a half-ironman) with him someday, but lets not get ahead of ourselves quite yet! I would be completely content with completing a standard triathlon in 2011 and will worry about the Ironman 70.3 at a later date!

4. Be a Budget Conscious Grocery Shopper – As much as I love shopping at Whole Foods and Karyn’s Raw Cafe, I tend to get carried away at times. This year I want to be more budget conscious with my grocery purchases and pay greater attention to in-season and on-sale items. After all, I am trying to save money!

5. Experiment with Macrobiotic Cooking Methods – Lately my laziness has gotten the best of me and I haven’t been cooking all of the delicious vegetarian meals I used to. This year I want to not only incorporate more vegetarian meals into my diet (to increase my own vegetable consumption, which has been lacking lately), but I also want to try to incorporate more macrobiotic methods into my cooking such as experimenting with sea vegetables, making homemade miso soup, and pickling my own vegetables! More details on this later.

6. Participate in Alternative Exercise – My current exercise regimen includes mostly running with a little strength training here and there. Over the holiday while I was in Omaha I went to my first Zumba class and had the time of my life!  I would love it if I could incorporate other forms of exercise into my exercise regime such as Zumba or Yoga a couple times a week during 2011. I think I could enjoy exercising more by switching things up and participating in new and fun activities!

7. Become an Active Member in the Community – My local church always has neat events going on that require volunteers or donations to a non-profit. This year I want to become more involved with church and community events to show my gratitude for the blessings in my life and pay it forward to the less fortunate.

What is your New Year’s resolutions for 2011? If you are like me, you may have more than just one!

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